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ASIRT investigating man who suffered brain bleed in-custody

Last Updated Jul 11, 2019 at 5:20 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The provincial police watchdog is shedding more light on an incident involving Calgary police last week.

ASIRT took over an investigation involving a serious injury a 44-year-old man suffered while in CPS custody..

At approximately 6:50 p.m. on July 3, the man was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants and taken to the arrest processing section where he was placed in a holding cell with two other men.

About two hours later, officers found the man attempting to hang himself with his clothing.

Officers moved the man to an isolation area and provided him with clothing considered safe for the detention of potentially suicidal persons.

At 9 p.m., the man continued his attempt to harm himself with the provided clothing, he then refused to remove the clothing.

After entering the room, a struggle happened in which the man was injured.

The man was then taken to hospital as required by policy, he was treated for bumps, bruises, and cuts to his face that required stitches.

On July 4 at 4 a.m. the man was then returned to CPS custody and again placed in a holding cell.

Medical staff from the hospital contacted CPS at 8:30 a.m. requesting the man be returned as his injuries were much more serious than previously believed and he had suffered a minor brain bleed.

CPS returned the man who has since been admitted for treatment and remains in hospital. The Alberta Director of Law Enforcement was then contacted and they directed ASIRT to investigate the incident.